2014 − our 30th year anniversary year − has been our busiest year to date. From pyjama parties and art exhibitions to Ladies Day at the races and zombie runs, it’s been a veritable challenge just to know what to wear on a daily basis!
But today our celebratory year draws to a close. It’s given us the opportunity to reflect on what has been achieved so far through your support. And we’ve raised a staggering £40million since we started in 1984. We were able to share this with you − and information on all the projects the money has helped to fund − at our inaugural lecture in May and with the world at large through our 30-year review brochure (you can still get a copy from us if you haven’t yet seen it).
The National Hospital set its new 20-year strategy, which focuses on how to continue to improve the services provided to a growing population of people suffering from neurological conditions while simultaneously increasing knowledge and implementing new treatments and therapies.
The first step in delivering this strategy is to increase the capacity for patients within the hospital, starting with a major redevelopment of the operating theatres. The National Brain Appeal is playing its part in this, raising £4million to create a Complex Spinal Theatre along with a new post-operative ward and improved facilities for the neurosurgeons and their teams.
Your fanatastic support has helped us reach the halfway mark for our current £4million Operating Theatres Appeal. We’re halfway there, having raised £2million to date. But my hope for 2015 is that, with your continued support, we will have raised the rest by the time Big Ben chimes in 2016.
No doubt the upcoming year will bring its own challenges but I’d like to say a heartfelt thanks to you all for the energy and effort you put into being part of The National Brain Appeal − often during the most difficult times you’ve ever been through. We don’t take this lightly and salute you for your compassion.
Here’s to a peaceful and happy new year – hoping that each and every one of you is facing the year ahead ready to meet any new challenges it might bring and that those challenges will be few.
Theresa Dauncey, chief executive, The National Brain Appeal